“No one shall be left behind,” the City Government of Santa Rosa in Laguna said as it started the process of establishing a local college.
The Santa Rosa City College is an initiative of Mayor Arlene B. Arcillas. It has been part of the program of governance of the mayor since being elected as city mayor in 2007.
Mayor Arcillas sees the local college as an institution that would develop the competencies of the youth of the city to meet the demands of the local industries and businesses.
She also believes the local college would provide the city’s youth easy access to higher education and would be able to address the concerns in the education sector.
The mayor stressed the Santa Rosa City College will not be in competition with state universities and other colleges in the city, and will address the gaps in the education and employment of the city’s youth.
During the Orientation Meeting on the Establishment of the Santa Rosa City College held January 29 at the City Auditorium, Dr. Raymundo P. Arcega explained that the local college will “complement” the Polytechnic University of the Philippines – Santa Rosa Campus.
“The City College will be breaking walls and bridging gaps,” Dr. Arcega added, as the Santa Rosa City College will be an educational institution for leadership and innovation. Roy Tomandao and Benjamin Chavez
He said the local college will have a ladderized program that can open opportunities for career and educational advancement to students.
Dr. Arcega is the Executive Director of the Commission on Accreditation for Local Colleges and Universities (ALCUCO) and Vice President of the University of Makati (UMak). He is the education consultant and resource person of the local college.
Arcega is part of the Committee and Technical Working Group created by the Mayor Arlene to prepare the Institutional and Project Development Plan and promulgate the policies of the local college.
In the same meeting, the City Engineering Office also presented the initial plan of the building for the local college, which is proposed to be built in the Dangal ng Pagbabago Rehabilitation Center near the PUP Campus in Barangay Tagapo.
The rehabilitation center will be transferred to Barangay Sinalhan.
Arch. Philip Reginald Lai of the City Engineering Office said the proposed city college building will be an LEED building designed to be environment friendly, and energy and water efficient.
To finalize the establishment of the local college, Mayor Arlene will submit to the Sangguniang Panlungsod the proposed ordinance on the charter of the Santa Rosa City College.